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NFL playoff schedule, Divisional round, Day 2: Panthers-Seahawks, Broncos-Steelers

The Patriots and the Cardinals have punched their tickets to their respective conference championship games next weekend. Their opponents will be decided in these two games today.

Saturday was a pretty good day if you're a fan of competitive, entertaining NFL playoff football. The New England Patriots held off a late surge from the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to the AFC championship game, winning 27-20, and then in the night cap, the Arizona Cardinals knocked off the Green Bay Packers in overtime, 26-20, in a game that we'll all be talking about for years to come.

The Patriots and the Cardinals await their conference championship game opponents; those will be decided by today's two games. Both matchups have the potential to continue to provide excellent entertainment value.

Panthers (15-1) vs. Seahawks (11-6)

  • Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • TV (announcers): FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)

These two NFC powers played a tightly-contested game in Seattle that Carolina won, so the Seahawks are looking for revenge. Long-time Bills fan favorite Fred Jackson will look to keep his Super Bowl dream alive, as well.

Broncos (12-4) vs. Steelers (11-6)

  • Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
  • TV (announcers): CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

Pittsburgh will be playing without Antonio Brown, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play. Can the banged-up Steelers upset Peyton Manning and the Broncos on the road?